Leo Triplet - NGC 3628, M66 and M65

 

M66

Object:
Leo Triplet - NGC 3628 (left), M66 (middle), & M65 (right) in the constellation of Leo
Coordinates:
NGC 3628:  RA = 11h 20.3m, DEC = +13 35'    ---   M66:  RA = 11h 20.2m, DEC = +13 00'    ---   M65:  RA = 11h 18.9mm, DEC = +13 05'
Telescope:
Televue NP-101 (4-inch f/5.4 APO refractor)
Mount:
Losmandy G11 German Equatorial
Guide Scope:
Stellarvue S80/9D refractor supported by a Robin Casady TGAD (Tandem Guidescope Aiming Device)
Guide Camera:
Orion StarShoot AutoGuider with PHD guiding software
Imaging Camera:
Canon 20Da
Filters/Exposures:
Seven 5-minute exposures @ ISO 800, stacked and processed in Photoshop
Shooting Location:
Gates County, NC
Date/Time:
21 March 2009 / 05:30 UTC
Comments:
Besides the three galaxies listed here, other fainter ones can also be seen in the photograph.